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Linda May Han Oh + Fabian Almazan 4tet (New York)
Saturday 22 September 7.00pm
Based in NYC, Perth bassist Linda May Han Oh returns to perform at the Ellington for the first time in seven years. Recently receiving the 2018 Jazz Journalists Association Award for Bassist of the Year and performing with the likes of Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron and Terri Lyne Carrington, Linda is the current bassist for the Pat Metheny Quartet. A recent recipient of the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant, and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, Linda received 2nd place at the BASS2010 Competition and an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Bass Competition. She received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Artist of the Year and was the 2012 Downbeat Critic’s Poll “Rising Star” on bass. She has had four releases as a leader which have received critical acclaim – her latest being “Walk Against Wind” – and with this band she performed at the historic Village Vanguard in NYC. She teaches at the New School and as an active educator she has also created a series of lessons for the BassGuru app while teaching regularly at workshops such as the Banff Centre Jazz and Creative Music Workshop.
Recently nominated for a Grammy for his work on Terence Blanchard’s “Breathless”, pianist and composer Fabian Almazan found his musical roots as a child in his homeland of Havana where he first became involved in the classical piano tradition. A Brubeck Institute and a Jerome Foundation fellow, Fabian has written several film scores and can be heard on several Spike Lee films as well as George Luca’s Red Tails among other films. Mr. Almazan was voted #1 Rising Piano Star on the Downbeat Magazine Critics 2014 Poll and was granted the Chamber Music America 2014 NEW Jazz Works commission. Almazan received the Cintas Foundation 2010/11 Brandon Fradd Award in Music Composition, an award that has been granted to many Cuban artists who have gone on to play an influential role in the development of Cuban cultural heritage. His solo albums, Personalities, which Fabian Almazan released on his own record label, Biophilia Records, and Rhizome [AritstShare/BlueNote Records] have garnered nationwide critical acclaim. Interest in Almazan’s work was also bolstered by his performances at the historic Village Vanguard in New York City, which have been broadcasted live to a nationwide audience on National Public Radio’s Live from the Village Vanguard. Since 2007 Fabian has been the pianist for the Terence Blanchard’s various bands, including the E-Collective which was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2016. Mr. Almazan has toured North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe extensively and has had the opportunity to perform with such artists as Gretchen Parlato, John Hollenbeck, Paquito D’Rivera, Mark Guiliana, Dave Douglas, David Sanchez and Ambrose Akinmusire among others.
Performing with this dynamic duo, will be Perth’s extraordinary leading musicians – trumpeter Ricki Malet and drummer Ben Vanderwal.
Ricki Malet: trumpet
Fabian Almazan: piano/electronics
Linda May Han Oh: bass
Chris Tarr: drums